Your foot anatomy is unique to you.
Shoes produced on a commercial scale are at best, not made specifically for your foot shape, or at worst, damaging your foot health. Most of them have flat soles and poor impact cushioning around the heel.
Orthotic shoes are generally old fashioned in style and downright ugly.
Using orthotic insoles gives you the best of both worlds, a shoe of your choice, fitted perfectly to your foot shape.
With so many on the market to choose from, we have selected the top 8 best insoles to keep your feet healthy.
1. Powerstep Original Full-Length Orthotic Shoe Insoles
These insoles are the highest quality. They come in a range of shoe sizes, so you do not need to cut the insole to your size, rather the insole is fitted to your foot.
The heel part of the insole supports your heel and ankle and acts as a shock absorber. This can help with foot pain related to painful joints from arthritis.
Powerstep created this insole to fit a range of shoe styles so you can wear it in your trainers and dress shoes thanks to the thin, low profile of the insole. The anti-microbial properties of the material make it ideal for sports shoes as fewer bacteria equals less smell.
2. Timberland PRO Anti-Fatigue Technology Replacement Insole
Timberland is a well-known brand for their professional, yet comfortable boots. The boots are long lasting and great for jobs that require extra foot protection.
These anti-fatigue replacement insoles are a hidden gem in the Timberland range. The insole is designed to absorb shock in those hard-wearing places on your foot. They have a unique cone pattern on the underside of the insole which mimics acupressure points of the foot.
The full-length insoles have flexible arch support which molds to your arch height with time. Timberland insoles are perfectly suited to work boots and shoes that normally have limited sole cushioning.
3. Physics Gear Sport Orthotic Inserts
Physics Gear has specifically designed these insoles for high impact physical activities like running. Running 1 mile causes 60 to 90 tons of force on each foot. This seriously impacts on your lower limb joints.
Whilst the body is designed to cushion this force, more cushion can’t hurt. These insoles are made with medical grade EVA foam making them hard wearing.
An anti-microbial top layer prevents odor, bacteria, and fungus developing, leaving you free from athletes foot.
This insole is extremely light and thin. It will fit into any athletic shoe comfortably without adding significant weight.
4. Dr. Scholls Athletic Series Running Shoe Insoles
If you are on a budget or not sure if insoles can help, these are the ones for you. They have a deep heel that cushions impact created from athletic activities. SweatMax Technology ensures that your feet stay cool and dry.
They come in men’s and women’s shoe sizes. Whilst they provide cushion and good support, their low-price tag is what makes them so attractive.
5. Superfeet Orange Premium Insoles
If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, then these insoles are a must-have item.
They have a high arch and deep heel to provide ultimate support to flat feet. Due to this extra support, they have a 2-inch height. Good news if you’re on the shorter side!
6. Dr. Scholl’s Comfort & Energy Massage Gel Insoles
These insoles are good for those with sore and tired feet. They are made from rubber and mold to your foot when you wear them. They can be trimmed to fit an unusual shoe.
Like other Dr. Scholl products, these insoles are good value for money.
7. Spenco PolySorb Cross Trainer Insoles
Perfectly shaped for people with flat feet, these Spenco insoles are formed from EVA foam which provides exceptional shock absorption. They are another popular choice that comes in both men’s and women’s shoe sizes.
8. Dr. Scholl’s Party Feet Range
Not technically a full insole, Dr. Scholl’s Party Feet is a range of small stick on products that are designed to help people wear high heels more comfortably.
In their range is stick on heel protectors. These stick to the inside of the heel of your shoe to prevent your foot from slipping out of the high heel and to avoid blisters.
There is also a ball of the foot pad that sticks into the shoe right where the ball of the foot would be when wearing. This gel pad alleviates some pressure from the ball of your foot and makes the high heel experience more comfortable.
The stick-on foot arch support is useful for those of you that need to wear high heels for a long period of time. The arch can be stuck to the sole of your shoe inside, exactly where you need extra support to avoid that dreaded foot ache when you wear high heels.
Where to Buy the Best Insoles
The best insoles are widely available to purchase from most pharmacies and supermarkets if you are out and about.
Many pharmacies will also be able to deliver the products if you have mobility problems.
Foot Health Is Important
If you are considering getting insoles for your foot condition, it would be best to consult a podiatrist or physical therapist. They will be able to advise you on what your foot problem is and the best insoles to support the issue.
For more information on foot health and common foot conditions, click here.